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International relations

US Capitol chaos dismays Asian allies and delights adversaries

From Indonesia, an 'America First' warning; from Singapore, a call for reflection

From Indonesia and India to China and Singapore, scenes of unrest at the U.S. Capitol have dimmed the world's image of America.   © Reuters

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE -- U.S. President Donald Trump conceded the 2020 election a day after his supporters stormed the Capitol, but reactions from across Asia suggest the damage to America's global reputation may not be easily undone.

Some Asian leaders and diplomats spoke out against the violence, which delayed but did not stop Congress' certification of Joe Biden's victory. Others kept quiet. Yet, from Indonesia and India to China and Singapore, the scenes of protesters charging through the halls of American democracy clearly made an impression.

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